How Damages Can Occur at Your Commercial Property | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County
Businesses propel our country forward, and they always have. We all likely utilize multiple businesses in a day, between work, play and shopping.
Business owners carry a big load each day managing the basic operations of a company. A disaster from either natural causes or other sources can be completely devastating.
Damage caused by natural weather events has been on the rise in the United States recently. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a significant incline from previous periods.
With our intense snowfall over the winter that lasts well into what most would consider spring, it might be easy to forget that we also see large amounts of rainfall and severe thunderstorms.
This past May brought a round of severe storms that just barely missed our area. Even without being in the direct path of the worst part of the system, many of our neighborhoods saw high winds and lost power for several hours. We also picked up quite a bit of heavy rain in only a few hours, which made for a difficult commute home.
This round of severe weather should serve as a reminder to always be prepared for anything that Mother Nature can serve up, as well as any other disasters that may come our way. And as the old saying goes, “the more you know,” the better you can prepare.
Water and moisture are an extreme threat to businesses around the country. Water intrusions can stem from an external source like a flash flood or an overflowing river, or an internal source like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, water damage can be absolutely devastating.
Exterior flooding can result from heavy rains or snow melt and seep in through doors and the floor, where it can lead to foundation issues in your building.
If you have space outside your business, consider using your landscaping strategically to divert water away from your building. Extra dirt, mulch and flower beds can make a big difference in protecting your office.
Water damage can also occur from an interior source when a leak is left unattended for a long amount of time. Take the time to inspect the plumbing in your building regularly and watch for drips. Check walls and flooring for any discoloration and warping. Stay ahead of any needed maintenance or repairs to avoid costly damage later.
Destruction to commercial buildings from storms is very common and can destroy an entire row of buildings or only one unit. Even a minor storm can bring power outages and throw debris that can leave you with damages.
A powerful storm is capable of bringing extreme damage to roofing or even the structure of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can topple freight trucks and tear down trees like they are twigs.
You can limit damage to your building with a few upgrades, including updates to your roof and adding storm-protective window covers. While these costly investments are highly effective, there are also low-cost ways to protect your business.
Check the seals on the windows and doors and inspect your building regularly to avoid the need for expensive repairs. Walk your property before storms move in and clear any debris and secure any loose furniture. Take care of any potential hazards to avoid damage to people and your property.
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Damage can happen to your commercial property in many different ways, but water and storm damage are the most common. These events can be devastating and force a long-term closure, or even in the worst-case scenario cause a complete loss.
Fortunately, we are available 24⁄7 to respond to any disaster you may face. Our experts will work with you to create a plan and quickly jump into action on your restoration. We want to get you back in business faster.
If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.